China joins calls for expanded Iraq inspections,

NATO divided: “Washington’s effort to build a coalition for war against Iraq hit more resistance Tuesday from NATO and beyond, with allies balking and China adding its voice to calls for bolstered U.N. arms inspections.


The division in the alliance – triggered by France, Germany and Belgium blocking U.S. plans to defend Turkey against a possible new Gulf war – was one of NATO’s worst crises in its 53-year history, even though the 15 other alliance members support the United States.” Nando Times More and more likely the U.S. is going to go rogue, with some toadie states trailing along, and defy the opinion of the world community imminently for the greater glory of Dubya.

Trading spaces: There’s a quiet curatorial revolution going on at the Museum of Fine Arts in my city of Boston:

Rogers’ rallying cry was “One Museum,” where curators would work together to display artworks in different media and incorporate work from other cultures and historical periods that served as influences. Paintings, sculpture and decorative arts would be displayed together so that objects could “speak” to each other.

Now Rogers’ revolution is starting to evolve in the galleries.

With the groundbreaking for the new East Wing expected in about a year, curators have been quietly reconfiguring spaces that house the permanent collection to experiment with these ideas. Boston Herald

I’m Nobody! Who are you? 
Are you ‘Nobody’ Too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise, you know!

How dreary to be Somebody!
How public like a Frog
To tell one’s name the livelong June
To an admiring Bog!

Emily Dickinson
(dedicated to George and Laura Bush as one in a continuing series
honoring ‘banned’ poets of Feb. 12th)